January 2017 Plans.

Hi! I’m back again with another post because I can’t sleep (I’ve got my first proper cold in ages) and I’m trying to be productive. I have only about 6–7 days left in Houston before I need to get back to Dallas and I want to set my goals before I get back so I can hit the ground running.

I start classes for Spring 2017 next Tuesday. My schedule is not 100% set in stone yet (for reasons I’ll probably explain once it is), but I do know two classes I will for sure being taking:

Social Technology and Games (3 cr.). I hadn’t thought I’d take another ATEC class, but I discovered this one at the last minute. It had a syllabus I could look at and it seems like it will have some great readings I’ll find useful in the future. I’m not interested in working in the gaming industry, but I really find some aspects of game design really important and applicable to other fields and areas of life so I’m always excited for a class that will expand my mind and interests.

Emerging Media and Media Psychology (3 cr.). I think this class will be really interesting and useful for my PhD. It is will a professor I had last semester who I really respect and admire. I know she organizes really good curriculums so I’m excited to have another class with her. I also think I’ll know a lot of people in this class, so that always makes it nicer.

I also will be taking the GRE on January 21st so I need to prepare for that examination because I do not want to have to take it again. There are three sections, so I figure I’ll prepare for one section per week, starting with the most difficult, which are for me the timed writing prompt and math.

Despite all these school trappings, I’m also excited for some non-school related projects.

TBR

As I stated in my latest post New Year’s Resolutions | 2017, I want to read on average three books per month. For this month, I’m prioritizing the Starbound trilogy, mostly because I’ve been making my way very slowly through my reread of the first book. I’ve found reading very difficult lately during the holidays. I don’t know why, but I’ve struggled to prioritize alone time; and I know this is why I’ve not been reading.

These books are not super long or boring, so I am actually hoping to marathon them before I go back to Dallas. So I may start off this month with an impressive wrap up. I also think I will have two books that I need to read this month for one class according to the syllabus. I also want to catch up on some books I wanted to finish last year.

Additionally, each month I think I want to attempt to read a random book that I select blindly at my school library so that I start to read more diversely and not get so compulsive about a TBR, which I’ve found sometimes (but not always) happens.

Creative Plans

Before I return to Dallas, I want to break out my Wacom tablet and start doing some sketching. I think I already know what my subjects will be for this month, but don’t hold me to them! I may change my mind by the end of the month and show you something completely different.

Self-portraiture. I think there is some value to the self-examination that a self-portrait entails, and I’m strangely excited to draw myself as I see myself. I’ve only ever done seriously this once and it’s weirdly one of my favorite things I’ve ever drawn. I don’t know if I still have it. I messed it up by trying to paint the background this green I really liked. But the practicality of this project is that I could use it for my blog header to personalize it more.

Blog header art. Speaking of my blog header, I want to do something original. The current blog header I’m using was created combining two separate watercolor images I found via Tumblr and it bothers me that I’ve appropriated them without permission, but they were always just meant to be a placeholder anyway. (If I’m successful and you like what you see at the end of the month, I’d be willing to take free commissions if you’re in the market for something similar. This is an exclusive offer I’ll be offering only to my most loyal of blog followers. ^_^)

End Note

Thanks if you read this entire post and for sticking with me as I get my blogging groove back. I always worry about trying something new if people are going to take off if I’m not providing what they were hoping I would when they started following. If it’s writing that you’re interested, I promise more of those posts soon! I’m beginning to start work on my story again and I may begin to share more of my inspiration/motivation/idea generative processes with you.

I don’t want to jinx myself, but I might do one post per day this month while I work out how I’m going to go forward using this blog. Just keep in mind, I’m trying to make this blog a more personal space so there may be some random stuff (but story or arts-based stuff) every now and then. I still want to make sure there are some goodies for you, so feel free to request post topics if you’re interested in something in particular.

(If I do start doing a post per day, I promise they will stop being all over the place! I just have so much to say right now I guess, and I only realize it once I get started!)

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My New Year’s Resolutions for 2016.

·.··.·.·.  My 2016 New Year’s Resolutions  ・.·.·.··.·

I love setting goals and I find that New Year’s is the best time to think optimistically about what I want to accomplish. Even though we’re about a week into 2016 and I almost didn’t create this post, I’m happy I have because reflecting on what I would like to accomplish this year has inspired me to kick my butt into shape and start being productive. There are few things that make me happier than ending a day feeling like I’ve been productive and I’d love to be able to look back at the end of 2016 and appreciate what I’ve accomplished in the past year.

➴ Reading Resolution

I set my Goodreads Reading Goal at 60 books for the year. I regret not setting 52, averaging at simply one book per week. But in 2015 I was so close to 60 books and I hardly read much at all at the end of the year that I feel confident I’ll read 60 books if I keep at it.

➴ Writing Resolution

I want to finish my first novel and also write 12 short stories, one per month. I started the novel I’m currently working on in NaNoWriMo 2015, and it’s evolved a little since then. But overall I’ve not been able to think about much else. I’d really like it to be the first in a series. I’ve even worked on plotted the series as a whole. The main thing that’s been holding me back in making more progress on this novel at the moment insecurity and procrastination.

I’ve long been thinking it would be wiser to start smaller and work my way up to a novel. Filmmakers often start small with short films. I originally thought I might try to write 12 novels this year, but since I’ve yet to finish a novel at all in my time as a writer, I’ve decided instead to shoot for 12 short stories. I’m thinking of making it an anthology collection united around a certain theme or idea.

I plan to elaborate more on my writing plans in a separate post in the near future. 

➴ Blogging Resolution

I want to be a better blogger this year. I don’t want to have any productivity slumps. I want to be consistent this year with everything I want to do. I want to pre-schedule posts and stick to a good posting schedule. I also want to comment regularly on the blogs I follow and overall just be a good community member.

End Note

There are a few other goals I have for 2016, but none that I can think of that would have concrete products or evidence of the goal (yet). For example, I know I would like to work on becoming more fit, but I don’t have set goals for what that would necessarily look like. Also, I want to do more art this year, but I don’t have a numeric goal or particular project in mind at the moment.

What are your opinions on new year’s resolutions, or goal-setting in general? Do you have any new year’s resolutions this year? If so, what are they? Let me know in the comments!

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